Just eight minutes later, Javier Hernandez scored the equaliser for Mexico.
“We are used to a lot of speculation about possible comings and goings during the transfer period”, said Rummenigge in a club statement with the headline “Hoax of the Day for the Ronaldo rumours”.
“We still believe in qualification, we have great possibilities, because there are still two games left. There is no reason to be concerned, we have to think about the next match”.
Portugal take on tournament hosts Russian Federation in their next group-stage outing on Wednesday afternoon, before then facing outsiders New Zealand three days later.
After pulling out a draw against the Portuguese, Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said, “We were at least as good as they were and they’re the current European champion”.
Mexico controlled possession and spent more time in Portugal’s area, but the Euro 2016 champions were a constant threat on the counterattack in front of 34,372 fans at the Kazan Arena.
Portugal boss Fernando Santos rued the concession of a late equaliser.
Mexico captain Andres Guardado towed the same line and was adamant that technology will be good for the game over the long run. There are two games to go and that’s why we’re cool, we’re at ease. “It was a fair result for how the teams played“. Chile was also made to wait for a review before a goal was confirmed.
He attracted headlines last week after being accused by a Spanish prosecutor of defrauding the country’s tax authorities.
But he failed to show for the press conference, with him said to be “having treatment”. Minutes after coming on, he almost scored a great headed goal but Ochoa came up with a terrific save.
Portugal’s frustration would not last for long, as Ronaldo cleverly found Ricardo Quaresma free in the box, with the 33-year-old dancing around Mexico’s goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa before finding the net.
“We have to win because if we win then we’ll be a step nearer qualifying”.
Southampton defender Cedric Soares looked to have won it for Portugal as his shot towards goal looped off a defender and in for 2-1 in the 86th minute. Santos has been attempting to phase in a new generation of players but it was a slight surprise to see newly signed AC Milan striker Andre Silva, who has made such a successful start to his worldwide career, limited to a cameo off the bench, during which time he forced Guillermo Ochoa into a fine save.
Portugal saw a goal disallowed for offside in their 2-2 draw with Mexico only after a lengthy delay, while Eduardo Vargas had a strike ruled out for Chile against Cameroon for the same offence despite video replays indicating he was onside.